Yes, I expect that you will be at my father’s funeral; it will be the biggest wake North Shields has ever witnessed.
“We wouldn’t miss it for the world would we Olive.’
“Good; don’t waste your money on flowers; just turn up.’ The obituary is in the Evening Chronicle tomorrow night.’ It will give you all the details that you need.’
“A word of warning to you all; If I hear any of you bad mouthing me or talking badly about my father. I will take you all to court for slander. Is that clear?’
“We would never do that Maggie we have always liked you.’
“People can be jealous of other people’s good fortune and take it upon them to spread vicious rumours.’
“I have always been a good respectable neighbour; I have never called or been malicious in any shape or form so I expect the same respect from you all.’
“That is true Maggie you have always been there for us. I remember when wor Jackie was ill and you brought soup over.’
“I and you loaned me my rent money when the bailiffs were going to evict me and the kids.’
“No Maggie, we won’t ever call you dear.’
“Good now remember what I said about Friday because the council or someone else will get everything.’
“You all will get an invite to the grand opening in a few weeks time once the place has been refurbished.
Right, I’ve got to go in I still have to cook my husband’s tea you know,’
“Bye for now Maggie and we will see you at the funeral with everyone else I expect.’
Maggie went inside and closed the door.
“How did your driving lesson go love?
“I found it quite exhilarating actually Steve; all that power in your hands to control.’
“I’ve learned that if you do not treat a car with respect it can be a lethal weapon.’
“I actually love driving and I know I’m going to enjoy my next lesson tomorrow.
“I’m pleased for you love.’
“I will have to renew my licence as well.’
“If you think I am going to squander all of dads money Steve think again.’
“The money you will be earning down at the pub will go towards paying for a new car; the profit will be put back into the business Steve or we will end up bankrupt.’
I will not have people say that I took on more than we could handle and that we were too big for our boots.’
“We must work hard to make this work Steve.’ So get yourself down there and start.’
“Bobby is taking me he’s going out.’
“Again he’s never had a night in since he got here.’
Maggie he is a single man leave him be.’
You never know he might be smitten with this one and stay.’
“I doubt it very much; Bobby has itchy feet and he hates staying in one place.’
“Where is he anyway?’
“He’s in the bath.’
“What again; he bathes more than the Queen he does.’
“Cleanliness is next to godliness, Steve joked.’
“Right what would you like for tea?’
“The smoked salmon will go nice with the asparagus Margaret with some boiled Jersey Royal potatoes don’t you think.’
“Funny; peel some spuds and I will make sausage, egg, and chips.’